This event recognizes PBL members who develop qualities of business leadership by combining quick clear thinking with conversational speaking.

Each participant will be given the same topic.  The topic may consist of information concerning the FBLA-PBL goals, FBLA-PBL activities, FBLA-PBL current national programs; current events; and/or relevant business topics.



Participants must have paid state and national dues postmarked by February 15 of the current school year.

State         Each charter may enter one participant.

National   See national guidelines:



State     When it has been determined that a student will represent the charter at state competition, the appropriate entry form must be sent to the state adviser received by the date specified in the SLC registration packet.

National     See national guidelines:

• Participants must be selected in accordance with the regulations of the state chapter and the national association.

• Participants must not have entered this event at a previous National Leadership Conference or placed 1st or 2nd in this event at a previous State Leadership Conference.

• Participants failing to report on time may be disqualified.  

• Participants must adhere to the dress code established by the Board of Directors or they will not be permitted to participate in the competitive event.

• Participants must report to the sequestering room at the State Leadership Conference and will be sequestered until their performance time.  Speaking times will be assigned randomly by an impartial person in the event office.

• The speech should be four (4) minutes in length.

• A lectern may be available.  No microphone will be used.

• Two 4" x 6" index cards will be given to each participant and may be used during the preparation and performance.  Information may be written on both sides of the one note card.  Participants must furnish their own pens or pencils.  Note cards will be collected following the presentation.

• No reference materials, visual aids, electronic devices, or other items are to be brought to or used during the event.



• Participants will be divided into preliminary groups.

• Participants must report to the sequestering room by the time specified in the State Leadership Conference program.  All participants will be sequestered until their performance times.  If a participant fails to report prior to the beginning of the first performance, the participant will be disqualified. The order of performance will be drawn at random by an impartial person in the event office.

• Participants will have ten (10) minutes to prepare their speeches prior to appearing before the judges.  Any notes must be made during the preparation time and may be used when speaking.  The note cards must be submitted to the event administrator at the conclusion of the speech.

• At the time of the performance, the event administrator will introduce each participant by name only.  Each speech should be four (4) minutes in length.  A timekeeper will stand at three (3) minutes and again at four (4) minutes.  When the speaker is finished, the time used by the participant will be recorded, noting a deduction of five (5) points for any time under 3:31 or over 4:29.



If there are fewer than 15 participants, winners may be chosen based on the initial performance.  

If finals are needed, finalists must report for sequestering as listed in the conference program.  Finalists will be sequestered until their preparation times.  All other procedures as outlined in the preliminary round will be followed for the final round.



Participants' speeches will be evaluated by a panel of judges.  All decisions of the judges are final.



State      State awards for the top five places are presented at the State Leadership Conference.

National      The number of awards presented at the National Leadership Conference is determined by judges and/or number of entries.  The maximum number will be ten.